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Team One: Great athletes. Star athletes. Area-wide recognition. Media coverage. College recruiters at practice and games. Professional prospects. Olympic hopefuls. Multiple All-Staters. Popular in community. Gifted from birth. Excelled since elementary school. Everyone says, "Please play on my team!" Noticed around town. Known by most.

Live for game time. The big lights. The crowd. Save energy for when it counts. Notice me! I want to be the star! Look at me! Media loves you. I’m an entertainer. I’m my own person. I’m not gonna be like everybody else. Concerned about labels on equipment. Two six-packs after the game.

Hate practice. Often hurt. Waiting for the Coach to look the other way. Loafs as much as possible. Does not want to waste energy. Does not believe the game is mental. Does not study the game. Use raw talent only. Can’t wait for practice to end. Looks for every excuse to miss.

Team bickering. Fighting for who is best. Sarcasm. Back-biting. Look out for number one. I want to look good for scouts. The only way I will go to college is if I take control. Focus on self. Jealousy. Strife. Division.

Team Two. Good athletes. Love the game. Known by the kids in the neighborhood. Media is not attracted. Have made some small college recruiter lists. Received a few form letters from colleges. Have dreamed of Olympics. Won awards during elementary and junior high. Loved by teachers and coaches. Not known as star of the team. Many do not recognize. Involved in the community.

The game is a great reward. The joy of competing. Giving 100 percent. Finishing competition with nothing left to give. Celebrating with teammates. Giving credit where credit is due. Always considering the team-mate fi rst. Humbly responded to limited media questions. Focused on the team. Believes that the fun is in  getting there. Defines winning by giving best effort possible, not by score at end of game.

Believes that practice is essential. Gives great effort, even when Coach isn’t looking. Work to stay mentally alert. Spends extra time studying the game. Outworks the opponent. Known as athlete with great drive. Works on weaknesses after practice. Never misses practice.

Team togetherness. How can I make my teammate better? Encouraging words. Speaking positive words with back turned. Unselfi sh. Good sportsmanship. Goal is giving best team effort. Willing to deny self-glory when it will benefi t team. Focus on team. Friendship. Love. Unity.

Team One and Team Two meet in the championship game. What is the outcome?.

Ten years later, describe the members of Team One and Team Two. Who is winning in life?

There is a big difference between an all-star team and a team of all-stars! Life was never intended to be an individual adventure. We need a team. In God’s playbook (Hebrews 10:24-25), He makes it clear we need each other. He tells us to "not forsake our assembling together." He tells us that "two are better than one."

He has also instructed us in our need to deny self and be willing to consider others better than ourselves.

He modeled this for us by His willingness to send His only Son to earth to die as the penalty for our sin. He showed us the way to live ... always focusing on others fi rst.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

  • Which of the two teams best describes the team you play on?
  • Are you trying to make life an individual adventure?
  • Are you trying to tough it out on your own?
  • Are you part of a team that can help you be strong to the fi nish?
  • What do you need to do to be a better team player in life?
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